The never forgotten history of Merryfield Nursing Home

MerryfieldMerryfield Nursing Home, located just off New Yatt Road in Witney, is a beautiful Cotswold stone manor. Its history goes back to 1927 when the manor was constructed for a “Witney blanket” family.

How it all began

Witney has been famous for its iconic woollen blankets since the Middle Ages. The water to make the blankets is taken from the River Windrush, and many believe the secret to the high-quality blankets that Witney produces lies in the water.

The town once boasted five blanket factories, but once the largest factory, Early’s, closed doors in 2002, the industry completely stopped production. One of the blanket factory owners was a gentleman named Sidney Smith.

Smith commissioned the construction of Merryfield House, and he hired renowned architect Oliver Hill to design it. The cost of the construction was approximately £6,000.

The design then

Hill was renowned for his Arts and Crafts-style country house designs. Merryfield was constructed with a magnificent entrance and a projecting three-storey porch with an oval window in the gable. The main doorway had a carved stone panel sculpted by Eric Gill.

The construction began in January 1927 and was completed by September 1927, when Smith married Dorothy Bartlett, allowing the newly married couple to move in.

The design today

Merryfield Nursing Home today is a stunning stone manor with tranquil gardens. The structure consists of two areas, the main house with its spectacular entrance hall with a sweeping staircase leading to the public rooms and ground-floor extension with 19 ensuite rooms.

All the rooms for the residents have French windows. The rooms are connected by a glass and wood corridor, and there is a relaxing and attractive lounge area with an inglenook fireplace that overlooks the well-manicured garden.

We welcome you to visit Merryfield Nursing Home, which has received an “Excellent” rating from the CQC for its exceptional elderly care, and imbibe the rich history of Merryfield and Witney.



Guide to choosing a care home in association with Peverel Court Care – Part 2

Care homeBefore you start your search for the right care home for your loved one, you need to carefully assess the older person’s care needs. Understanding the needs of your relative will help you make an informed choice.

Assessing the needs of your relative

You can call up the social services department of your local council and get a free care assessment. This assessment will allow you to decide whether the older person requires residential care, nursing care or support in their home to meet their needs.

The assessor will take into consideration the following to figure out what is right for your loved one:

  • The person’s general health and disabilities.
  • The current living arrangements.
  • The help they are currently getting and whether it can be sustained.
  • How the person would like to be supported.
  • Any concerns the older person has.
  • The opinions of the community nurse or GP.
  • The older person’s religious, social and emotional needs.

Financial assessment is a must

Once your loved one finishes the care assessment, make sure you get a financial assessment carried out. This will give a clear picture about your relative’s financial health and help you understand how much the person can contribute to the cost of the care home.

This is also the right time to find out how much the local council is willing to pay towards a care home. Remember, if your loved one’s savings run out, you may have to turn to the council to keep the senior in the care home. Most councils have an upper limit when it comes to paying for a care home. Seniors with capital assets under £23,250 qualify for some council help.

Once you find the care home that you think is perfect for your loved one, drop in unannounced after the initial visit to assess the quality of life the residents enjoy. Also, don’t be embarrassed to ask questions. The level of the care and your loved one’s safety are paramount, and you should never compromise on both.

We welcome you to visit our care homes any time to check how Peverel Court Care provides personalised and exceptional elderly care at each home. We offer residential care and nursing care, depending on the needs of our residents.



Tips for choosing the right care home for your loved one #CareQualityComm

Front of homeElderly adults with health conditions such as dementia, who are unable to manage their day-to-day living activities independently, often prefer moving to a care home rather than staying alone at home or living with the family. Good quality care should be personalised and promotes independence, treats people with respect, and improves quality of life. Hence, finding a care home that offers exceptional levels of care must be a priority.

Finding quality local care homes

You can check the list of local care homes at the Care Quality Commission website. The website also publishes detailed inspection reports that cover various benchmarks that care homes have to fulfil to receive a rating, which is indicative of the quality of care.

The next step is to contact the care homes to find out the level of care offered to people with different health care needs. There will probably be a waiting list for a place, so the possible time delay before a vacancy becomes available will need to be established, as will the fees. Care homes will send you information that you should review carefully. This way, you can shortlist the promising ones and schedule a visit to check them out.

Tips to select a good care home

Besides the most recent inspection report from the CQC, you should also take into consideration the following selection criteria:

  • Location: Consider the location of the care home. Will family and friends be able to visit easily? Is the home located in a tranquil or noisy area? Can residents access shops and leisure facilities?
  • Safety and Security: Find out the arrangements the care home has to ensure safety and security of residents and visitors. You may also want to enquire about the measures in place to deal with complaints.
  • Staff Training: Good care homes ensure they train and upgrade the skills and knowledge of their staff to provide exceptional care of the elderly. Such training equips staff to cope efficiently with all types of residents and to deal with emergencies more efficiently.
  • Hygiene and General Upkeep: Quality care homes are clean and bright, and offer a hygienic environment that is carefully adapted to suit the needs of residents.
  • Diet: Seniors have special dietary needs. Hence, the food provided should be tasty and nutritious.
  • Resident Activities: Care homes should have age-appropriate activities for residents that keep them stimulated and entertained. No resident should be forced to participate in any activity.

At Peverel Court Care, we are proud to state we meet all criteria to qualify as a quality care home that offers exceptional elderly care. We offer personalised care plans to meet the individual needs of our residents, who are well looked after by highly trained, qualified and friendly staff. Our care homes have received excellent inspection ratings from the CQC for elderly care services. We welcome you to visit our three homes to check out the facilities we offer.


Christmas festivities begin with a bang at Merryfield Nursing Home

Christmas Residents of Merryfield Nursing Home are already in the Christmas spirit. The festivities started at the nursing home on 2nd December 2015 and will continue until New Year’s Eve. These festivities are designed to entertain the residents and make them feel comfortable and part of the ever-growing Peverel Court Care family.

Festivities galore

There are many events lined up for the residents. They will be tapping their toes to piano recitals by artists Nick Gill and Chris the Piano Man, listening to the melodious Julie Hunt and Cody, and enjoying keyboard recitals by Wendy Byrne.

A church service is scheduled for 13th December, followed by a Christmas carol service on 14th December. The residents will also be treated to the musical notes of the Brass Quartet on 17th December; they will try their luck at Christmas bingo on 22nd December, and sway to musical entertainment by Donna Chalcraft on New Year’s Eve.

The highlight of the ongoing Christmas festivities at Merryfield is the performance by Lillian Carter for the gala Christmas party on 21st December.

An artist with a beautiful voice and heart

Lillian Carter, a professional singer, has entertained the residents of Merryfield Nursing Home several times. She makes time to chat with the residents and has always maintained that she loves the ambience at Merryfield.

The residents will be treated to Lillian’s amazing vocals as she performs jazz, blues, jazz fusion, pop, country, oldies, classical, and folk songs. It will definitely be a treat for the residents, their families and staff to enjoy the wonderful performance of Ms. Carter and spend time with her.

Gratitude and appreciation

As part of our Christmas festivities, residents were treated to a visit by Miss Oxfordshire 2015. Layla Claridge, who was crowned Miss Oxfordshire on 7th June amidst tough competition, visited Merryfield and spent time chatting with the residents recently. We thank @laylaclaridge for taking time from her busy schedule to visit Merryfield Nursing Home.


Fiddle cushions create positive experience for Merryfield residents with dementia

Fiddle CushionPeverel Court Care has always given the utmost importance to personalised and exceptional elderly care. Our homes take into consideration the individual needs of residents and personalise the care based on those needs.

Creating a safe haven for residents with dementia

Residents with dementia need specialised care, and we are proud to say that Peverel Court Care staff have the training, knowledge and expertise to offer superior care to such residents.

We realise dementia patients tend to get agitated and anxious at times. It is imperative they calm down for their own safety and others around them. That is why Merryfield Nursing Home has introduced colourful multi-sensory activity cushions known as fiddle cushions.

Fiddle cushions to the rescue

A fiddle cushion offers sensory experience along with activity engagement for fidgety and restless dementia patients. The cushion has a number of objects, such as belt buckles, ribbons, bows, buttoned or Velcroed flaps with pictures, beads on a cord, functional zippers and clothes pegs. These objects are securely fastened with the help of machine stitching or strong crochet cotton. The cushions come in a range of colours, designs and themes.

Trials in care homes have shown that fiddle cushions have the uncanny ability to calm agitated and anxious dementia patients and keep them engaged. One trial also used the cushions to prevent residents from wandering off.

Customised fiddle cushions in Merryfield Nursing Home

Many residents in Merryfield Nursing Home have personalised fiddle cushions that keep them calm and relaxed. One resident loves watches and owls, so her cushion has a few watches along with an owl. Other residents have materials in different textures, zippers and buttons.

As residents manipulate the objects on the cushions, it helps them calm down and diverts their attention by keeping them busy.

Exceptional elderly care is the hallmark of Peverel Court Care, and with the introduction of fiddle cushions in our homes, we have taken our level of care a notch higher.


Peverel Court Care rewards staff for hard work and compassionate care with @hartwellhouse experience

picture of couple in spa salon getting massage

Peverel Court Care believes in investing in staff happiness and professional qualifications. We go through great lengths to find, develop and retain the best employees in the care sector, and offer them an excellent working environment coupled with continuous training and development opportunities.

Our team of employees has access to many benefits, and one of them is being part of our new reward scheme – Community Member of the Quarter. This reward is in association with @hartwellhouse.

The recognition

Peverel Court Care has a longstanding reputation for exceptional elderly care, and staff get the credit for keeping our compassionate and caring ethos intact.

We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our staff. At the same time, we give utmost importance to staff wellbeing and happiness. This has prompted us to introduce the Community Member of the Quarter award to spur our staff to excel in all spheres of work and also show their performance and contribution is being noticed and appreciated.

The winners

Every quarter, winners from each of the three homes are carefully selected. The winners of the last award were shortlisted after much deliberation. The recipients were:

Bartlett’s Residential Home – Kavita Salhotra

Merryfield Nursing Home – Marie Anderson

Stone House Nursing Home – Tracey Haynes

The reward

This reward scheme allows the winners to spend time away from their day-to-day responsibilities in a relaxed setting. The winners from Bartlett’s Residential Home and Stone House Nursing Home visit Hartwell House, whilst the winners from Merryfield Nursing Home visit @witneylakes.

They enjoy “The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience.” The aromatherapy and the Swedish and neuromuscular techniques alleviate muscular tension so that the stress and strain just melt away, leaving the person feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

We congratulate the winners for their outstanding contribution to the success of Peverel Court Care, and hope they and the rest of the staff continue creating the unique Peverel Court Care experience.


Accolades from residents for Merryfield Nursing Home during CQC inspection

hpXPUAJBpIzhsk_bWDZPadmqjd0NGSi4ZaPNtEPISJoWhen inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) came to inspect Merryfield Nursing Home in Oxfordshire, the feedback from residents and relatives was extremely reassuring. The inspection was carried out to rate the service, check the overall quality of the service, and determine whether the nursing home fulfilled the legal regulations mandated by the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

Uncompromising safety

Our residents informed the inspectors they felt safe and secure at Merryfield Nursing Home. Some of the wonderful comments residents had to say include:

  • “It’s a very safe place”
  • “I am very safe thank you”

Even relatives of residents said the nursing home maintained high safety levels:

  • “Safety is a priority at Merryfield”
  • “I have never been concerned people are unsafe, it’s a good home”
  • “No concerns whatsoever with regard to safety”

The detailed CQC inspection report concurs with the observations made by residents and their relatives.

Effective and efficient service

When queried about the Merryfield Nursing Home staff, residents said they were effective. Comments such as the following highlight our commitment to personalised and quality care and service:

  • “The staff understand what I need, they are effective yes”
  • “The staff understand my needs very well”
  • “The staff are excellent, they know what they are doing”
  • “Very knowledgeable, really happy with the staff”

The CQC reported that when a resident became anxious by the inspectors’ presence, Merryfield staff helped the resident calm down, revealing how caring our well-trained staff are.

Exceptional elderly care

Comments such as “The staff are very caring, lovely people”, “They are all angels every one of them”, “It’s just a very homely caring culture”, and “People are very well cared for both mentally and physically. They are treated with respect”, demonstrate the dedication Merryfield management and staff have towards exceptional elderly care and residential care.

At Merryfield Nursing Home, exceptional elderly care is an everyday affair. The CQC inspection report reaffirms Merryfield’s reputation for setting benchmarks for care standards. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our residents, relatives, and fantastic staff for making Merryfield such a pleasant place to live.


Merryfield Nursing Home gets a thumbs up from the CQC

JpxFsEH6ed6MYHHuYebvI9K-GhS-K_h8ixYX_NjDXa0The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Oxfordshire-based Merryfield Nursing Home, part of Peverel Court Care, in September 2015. We are proud to announce that the nursing home has received an excellent inspection rating from the CQC for elderly care services.


The parameters for inspection

The inspection gauged the elderly care services provided at Merryfield based on the following parameters:

  • Safe service
  • Effective service
  • Caring service
  • Responsive service
  • Well-led service

Merryfield Nursing Home received a good rating in all five categories.

Safe service

Our residents informed the inspectors that they felt safe in Merryfield. We were pleased to learn that residents who were interviewed made comments such as “Safety is a priority in Merryfield” and “I feel very safe, it’s a lovely home.”

Effective and caring service

The commitment of Merryfield and its staff to personalised and exceptional elderly care is revealed in residents’ comments such as “The staff understand my needs well” and “Very knowledgeable, really happy with the staff.”

Exceptional training

Our staff receive periodic renewal training to upgrade their knowledge and stay abreast of the latest developments in elderly care. Certain training sessions, such as fire safety, infection control and first aid, are mandatory, and our staff willingly participate in them.

A home away from home

We realise how difficult it is for our residents to leave familiar surroundings and come to a care home. That is why we provide a safe, social and caring environment. Our staff make an effort to understand the needs of each resident and provides personalised care based on those needs. This was clearly visible to the CQC inspectors, leaving no doubt about the quality of our care.

The excellent rating we received from the Care Quality Commission highlights our commitment to exceptional elderly care. We take this opportunity to thank the Merryfield residents, their relatives and the fantastic staff for the wonderful inspection review we received. Your support played a big role in this achievement.


Peverel Court Care: Giving Residents More than Bingo

Active seniorsWhen an elderly person moves into a care home, it is important to address that one thing the person would feel lost without in a new setting. When a care home can meet that need, it has succeeded in delivering personalised and exceptional elderly care. Experts in elderly care understand that just having weekly sing-a-long or bingo sessions is insufficient as an activity plan for care home residents, and some parts of the industry – like Peverel Court Care – understands that too. These activities are not meaningful for all residents.

What Does Research Show?

A study by Glass et al, 1999, shows that social activities that are productive reduce the risk of mortality just like traditional fitness activities. The reasons for this are:

  • Improved sleep
  • Better appetite
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Enhanced joint strength

Leading the Way Forward

Peverel Court Care excels in providing exceptional elderly care in its three homes: Stone House Nursing Home, Merryfield Nursing Home, and Bartlett’s Residential Home. These historic homes are located in idyllic country settings, with expansive grounds and amenity-filled rooms that are tastefully decorated and offer complete privacy for residents.

Besides stately settings and high-quality care, we offer several recreational activities. Our residents can choose to participate in them or they enjoy being observers. As a part of our personalised care, we have regular armchair exercises, sing-a-long sessions, garden parties, bingo, leisurely walks and gardening. Residents have the freedom to watch their favourite television programmes in the privacy of their rooms. Those who enjoy crosswords have access to newspapers to keep their minds stimulated.

Daily activities are central to our residents’ care plans. This prevents undermining their social needs and wellbeing. In Merryfield Nursing Home, neighbours often drop by to discuss the history and architectural beauty of the home. We encourage these visits, as we believe our residents require more social interaction beyond the four walls in which they live.

Our emphasis on quality recreational activities has helped many residents physically, emotionally and mentally. This brings a sense of accomplishment, as we feel we have made a difference to residents’ lives in their golden years.


New Dining Room, Merryfield


Merryfield House, our beautiful Cotswold home is also able to announce the completion of a new lounge and a beautifully re-furbished dining room.

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